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Canon 100D review

The world's smallest and lightest DSLR

Our Verdict

What Canon has managed to produce in the EOS 100D is pretty special - a very small body that retains the same DSLR stylings of its larger siblings, and more importantly, produces impressive image quality. That's quite a feat.


  • Small body size
  • Touchscreen
  • Great image quality


  • Overall system still large
  • Art filters only usable in Live View
  • Slow Live View focusing

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Canon EOS 100D with the Panasonic G5, Canon EOS 650D, Sony Alpha a58 andNikon D3200.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 100D review

This chart shows that the Canon EOS 100D's JPEG files have a similar signal to noise ratio to those from the Panasonic G5 and Canon EOS 650D, while producing slightly greater ratios than the Nikon D3200 at every sensitivity, and slightly weaker ratios than the Sony Alpha a58 at ISO 400 and above.

This means that we can expect the 100D to produce cleaner JPEG images than the Nikon D3200, but noisier images than the Sony Alpha 58 at higher sensitivity values.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 100D review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Canon EOS 100D are stronger than those from the Sony Alpha a58 at every sensitivity setting, and stronger than the Panasonic G5 and Nikon D3200 at ISO 400 and above. The Canon EOS 100D's TIFF images show weaker signal to noise ratios than those from the Canon EOS 650D after ISO 100.

This means that, with the exception of the Canon 650D's images, the 100D produces cleaner raw images (after conversion to TIFF) than the competing cameras.

JPEG dynamic range

Canon EOS 100D review

The Canon EOS 100D's JPEGs show more dynamic range than those from the Panasonic G5 at every sensitivity setting. They show weaker dynamic range than those from the Sony Alpha a58 and Nikon D3200 at ISO 100-800, after which point the results are very similar. The Canon EOS 100D's JPEGs produce very similar dynamic range to the Canon EOS 650D.

A high dynamic range means a camera can capture a wide range of tones from deep shadows to bright highlights in a single shot.

Raw dynamic range

Canon EOS 100D review

Here we can see that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Canon EOS 100D again show greater dynamic range than TIFFs from the Panasonic G5 at every sensitivity. The 100D's TIFFs show similar dynamic range to the Canon EOS 650D's at ISO 100, but the 100D's have greater range at ISO 400-1600, and at ISO 6400-12800. The Canon EOS 100D's TIFFs show weaker dynamic range than the Sony Alpha a58's at lower sensitivities, but at ISO 800, 1600 and 12800 the Canon 100D comes out on top. The Nikon D3200's TIFFs beat the Canon 100D's for dynamic range at every sensitivity except ISO 800 and 6400.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
Product FamilyEOS
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG, MPEG-4, MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)407 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE, ErP
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.5 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLP-E12
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Eye-Fi Card
Height90.7 mm
Width116.8 mm
Depth69.4 mm
Autofocus Points9
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, X-sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model100D
Product NameEOS 100D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8576B014AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Canon EOS 100D
A DSLR you'll never want to leave behind.

A small and responsive DSLR to take everywhere. The 18-megapixel EOS 100D delivers superb photos and video and features an optical viewfinder and intuitive touch-screen controls.

Battery Life380 Shot
Package Contents
  • EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Battery Charger LC-E12E(WW)
  • Battery Cover
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Wide Strap EW-300D
  • Battery Pack LP-E12(WW)
  • AC Cable (with E-type plug)
  • User Manual Kit
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone